Participant Info

First Name
Last Name
St. Julian-Varnon
University of Pennsylvania
Website URL
race, ethnicity, experience, USSR, Russia, Ukraine, racism,
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Personal Info

About Me

I am a Soviet and American historian, History doctoral student at the University of Pennsylvania, and writer.

My academic work examines the intersections of Black experience, identity, ethnicity, race, and Soviet nationality policy in the Soviet Union and post-Soviet space.

My public writing analyzes the linkages of race, foreign policy, and culture in the United States, Russia, and Ukraine.

Recent Publications

“The Curious Case of Russian Lives Matter.” Foreign Policy. July 11, 2020.  (paywall)

​”The Ties that Bind: Black Lives Matter, Ukraine’s Euromaidan, and the Realities of European Integration.” Krytyka (Ukraine). June 19, 2020.

“George Floyd, Brat 2, and Russian Depictions of African Americans.” The Moscow Times. June 17, 2020.

Джордж Флойд, «Брат 2» и представления об афроамериканцах в России” The Moscow Times (Russian Edition). June 24, 2020.

“In Search of Black Europe.” Contingent Magazine. June 10, 2020.

“Black Skin in the Red Land: African Americans and the Soviet Experiment. The Kennan Institute.  February 28, 2020.

Media Coverage
Interview with (in Russian):
Country Focus
Expertise by Geography
Eastern Europe, Russia
Expertise by Chronology
Modern, 20th century, 21st century
Expertise by Topic
Migration & Immigration, Race